Podcast interviews for everyday Christians trying to navigate normal everyday stuff that make up our wonderful (yet often horrible) existence. Listen-in as we (an appliance salesman and a business process analyst) interview Theologians about normal stuff - a Theology of, and for, us laymen (you know, our stuff like: work, leisure, hiking, sex, fighting, art, beer, music, self-image, doubt, the Gospel, depression, sales, baseball, the church, hippies, annoying neighbors, family, etc.).
ANNOUNCEMENT: Abraham Kuyper Book Club "Pro Rege: Living under Christ’s Kingship (Vol. 3) Starting Feb 1!
So far about 75 of us are going to be reading Abraham Kuyper's "Pro Rege: Living under Christ’s Kingship, Volume 3" and we would love to have you read in parallel. In the six months between February 1st and July 31st, we are slated to read 54 Kuyper articles from "Pro Rege." Thus we need to average roughly 3 articles/essays per week. We have set up a Facebook page called "Abraham Kuyper Reading Club" - here we will discuss and sharpen one another. It should be fascinating conversation as we have folks from Kenya, Brazil, Columbia to USA, Canada and South Africa. We have professional academic Kuyper/Neo-Calvinist scholars as well as normal folk (butchers, bakers, and website makers). The reading schedule is pinned at the top of the Facebook group. Also, the good people at Lexham Press are offering 40% off the book digital and/or physical through Feb 1! To get that deal go to the Lexham site, and at the checkout input the code "LAYMENSLOUNGE40." Ok friends, lets Make Abraham Great Again!
Lord, please use this book, these discussions and everything that comes from this for your own fame and will. For the King/Pro Rege! In Jesus name! Amen.
If you are anti-Facebook, feel free to use the discussion fields below. Here is the reading schedule:
Here is the current reading schedule for Pro Rege!
Feb. 1-5: pp. 1-18
Feb. 6-12: pp. 19-43
Feb. 1319: pp. 44-68
Feb. 20-26: pp. 69-94
Feb. 27-Mar. 5: pp. 95-119
Mar. 6-12: pp. 120-143
Mar. 13-19: pp. 144-167
Mar. 20-26: pp. 168-186
Mar. 27-April 2: pp. 187-215
April 3-9: pp. 216-241
April 10-16: pp. 242-270
April 17-23: pp. 271-288
April 24-30: pp. 289-315
May 1-7: pp. 316-340
May 8-14: pp. 341-364
May 15-21: pp. 365-380
May 22-28: pp. 381-406
May 29-June 4: pp. 407-431
June 5-11: pp. 432-449
June 12-18: pp. 450-467
June 19-25: pp. 468-475
June 26-July 2: pp. 479-480
We should have a bit of leeway if we need to slow down or catch up for a couple weeks, but this schedule will get us through Pro Rege vol. 3 before the end of summer!
123. Meet the Hosts of The Laymen's Lounge as we Chat the Law/Gospel Distinction
The gLAWspel is Depressing but the Gospel is Sweeeeeet!
Happy new year! To kick off season 4, hosts Benji and Jason chat (this is episode 1 of 2) a bit about their own stories and the glory of the Gospel over and against the old man, about how legit it was when when we realized the Gospel is actually good news when its rightly divided, and we also touch a lil on your boy Kuyper as well.
122: Ian Vaillancourt: Gettin’ Pickled in the Pentateuch
Because there are no throwaway verses
When starting a new Bible-reading plan, many readers begin enthusiastically in Genesis but then lose momentum when they encounter the Old Testament laws and genealogies. But the Pentateuch—the first five books of the Bible—has much to offer today’s Christian; it is the foundation for understanding the rest of the Bible, pointing forward to the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, in profound ways. In this interview with Ian J. Valiancourt, author of “The Dawning of Redemption: The Story of the Pentateuch and the Hope of the Gospel”, we learn there are no throwaway verses and that we need to immerse ourselves in the Bible getting pickled in the glory-book!
121. Trevin Wax: Orthodoxy Applied to Hot Takes, Heresy & Errors
Trevin Wax is a pillar of the SBC and recently wrote a book called “The Thrill of Orthodoxy Rediscovering the Adventure of Christian Faith” published by IVP. Join us as we see just how far the creeds and orthodoxy touch on so much of life.
“Orthodoxy, like the spires and beams in a gothic structure, can uphold a bigger and stronger roof. Heresy, however, is like a series of cracks that tend to multiply in ways that, over time, can’t sustain the weight of such beauty. By spreading throughout the structure, heresies lead to collapse. Some doctrines are like load-bearing walls in a house. You can’t remove a load-bearing wall without destroying the structure. But sometimes errors become like cracks in this wall, weakening the structure so that over time the result is the same.” – Trevin Wax
“It’s beside the point to argue that marriage and sexuality are not explicitly spelled out in the creeds. Neither is infanticide. Neither is theft. Neither is the command to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Neither is a whole host of issues connected to Christianity’s moral vision. And yet few would argue that these and other unique and powerful elements of Christianity’s testimony are “optional,” to be taken or left depending on societal preference. We must not think we can take shelter under a minimalist interpretation of the creeds, so as to get out from under the Scriptures.” – Trevin Wax
120. Joe Boot: Govt. Overreach & the False god of “Unity”
Toward a Christian Vision of Government
The cult of Climate, Covid, CRT, LGBT, and "unity. We’re at a cultural moment. It’s a product of counter reformation. Success involves 0 carbon, 0 Covid, 0 intolerance. They are impossible utopian goals… This all gives justification for state to have ultimate reach and authority power to get us to the place of ultimate simplicity. Total oneness and unity. The Bible teaches us Jesus is King and Kuyper (this does NOT include the libbed-out "neo-Kuyperians" who are preachers of heresy of and lovers of Totalitarianism) and Boot teach us there is, in fact, a Christian Vision of Government. Join us as we sit down with the Ezra Institute's Dr. Joe Boot as we discuss Dr. Boot's new book “Ruler of Kings: Toward a Christian Vision of Government.”
119. Todd Hains: Martin Luther is Not A One Trick Pony
The Rule of Faith for Reading the Bible
Today we sit down with Todd Hains, author of “Martin Luther and the Rule of Faith” (IVP), and we learn there is more to Luther than his emphasis on salvation by faith alone. How should we read the Bible? What lens should we have when reading the law? What guide for the Psalms? Indeed, Luther and Hains have much to offer. Happy Reformation Week!
Connecting Sunday School to Seminary
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Prayer in the Night
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